Dr. Umesh. M. Bhushi, Principal of Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management claims social responsibility as one of the major intentions behind the establishment of the institute. He says, "Education is just not for a career, it is essential for the whole life." Keeping up this intention, Sahyadri has come up with several initiatives to nurture critical thinking, creativity and scientific temper among the students to transform them into lifelong learners and innovators.
"We do not like to just add on to the number of engineering graduates instead our motive is to create practising engineers and managers," opines Dr. Bhushi. Engineering is not just confined to the interest and the understanding about the societal needs; it also includes the theoretical know-how. Sahyadri rightly comprehends that theory when imparted in a closed manner within the classroom ends in an ineffective learning. "We do not need students to learn engineering, but what is required is to feel engineering," pinpoints Dr. Bhushi.
Since its inception in 2008, Sahyadri has been attracting the cream of engineering aspirants of Karnataka and nearby states, but they have never moved away from their mission
The institute's hands-on Lab is a full-fledged 24X7 technical workspace, enhancing the analytical skills and practical knowledge of the budding engineers. The Hands-on Lab is built on the lines of "Make in India" concept where the institute encourages students to pursue their ideas and innovate continuously with the intent to bring engineering close to reality. The Engineering Sense Lab, Innovation Lab and the Product Design Lab also provide a space for the innovative learning. "We organize regular events like hackathons, workshops and project exhibitions to encourage creativity and innovation," adds Dr. Bhushi.
To add on, the placement and training department organizes training for Sahyadrians on aptitude, logical reasoning, communication, group discussion through in-house as well as external resource persons. The internships during the vacation give a better exposure to industry along with an opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to be industry-ready. The value added courses, National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) and various club activities also provide opportunity for skills development.
"Our learning is driven through research. A strategic plan is envisaged with specific roadmap to groom research culture acumen through renowned scientists, researchers at the level of Research Directors, Research & Consultancy Directors," states Dr. Bhushi. A team of faculty members from each department is identified for the core research committee. Once funding is obtained, management supports it through grants to develop it as a centre of excellence and sustain the work through a team of PG and UG students in collaboration with faculty members. "Many student projects have been sanctioned by KSCST, VGST, NPOL and industries like Kirloskar," claims Dr. Bhushi.
Since its inception in 2008, Sahyadri has been attracting the cream of engineering aspirants of Karnataka and nearby states, but they have never moved away from their mission. The extension activities within the institute, including the project works executed by students such as silk reeling machine, underwater autonomous vehicle, ground water monitoring, and e-learning software and so on are proven examples of the same. Now, the institute is in its move to get accredited by NBA as well as ABET. With the increasing achievements to its name, Sahyadri is trying to assure that it keeps up the standards of education without ruling out the real essence of an educational degree.
Dr. Umesh. M. Bhushi, Principal
He is an eminent academician and administrator having 26 years of experience with active involvement in research activities. He has his Post Graduation and Doctoral degree from IIT-Kharagpur. He has 69 publications in National and international journals & conferences. He is also reviewer of reputed national and international journals. Currently 5 research scholars are pursuing Ph.D program under his guidance and 2 have been awarded Ph.D. He has authored a book on "Total Quality Management in Engineering Education in India & a Monogram on Total Engineering Education quality Management (TEEQM)".